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Broken

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The summer holidays have just begun and 11 year-old Skunk s afternoons are full of day dreams and curious wanderings around her neighborhood with the exception that she must regularly give herself injections to combat her type 1 diabetes. When, one day, Skunk (Eloise Laurence) discovers her bitter and angry older neighbor, Mr. Oswald (SKYFALLs Rory Kinnear), savagely beating Rick, a psychologically-troubled boy from the neighborhood whom Mr. Oswald s daughter has callously and fictitiously accused of rape, Skunk s innocence begins to vanish. Trying to find solace with her loving nanny and father (Academy Award nominee Tim Roth), with whom she is very close, Skunk is unwittingly drawn into her neighbors unfolding melodrama involving violence, sex, and life-shattering illness. Her home, her neighborhood and her school all become treacherous environments where the happy certainties of childhood give way to a fear-filled doubt, and the promise of a complex, broken future. Overwhelmed by her experiences, Skunk herself is drawn into an ethereal chaos from which she may only return through the intense love of those closest to her.

Bonus features include a complementary short film, Director's Statement, and Bio, amongst other features.

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WINNER - Best Film - British Independent Film Awards (BIFA)
WINNER - Best Supporting Actor - British Independent Film Awards (BIFA)
NOMINATED - 9 Awards - British Independent Film Awards (BIFA)
OPENING FILM - Critics Week - Cannes Film Festival
WINNER - Grand Prix - Odessa International Film Festival
WINNER - Audience Award - European Union Film Festival
WINNER - Best Director - CAIFF Slate Awards
WINNER - Best Film, Drama - CAIFF Slate Awards
Official Selection - International Panorama - Melbourne Int l Film Festival
Official Selection - BFI London Film Festival
Official Selection - Santa Barbara Film Festival
Official Selection - Miami Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection - The Craic Fest
Official Selection - Cleveland Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection - Florida Film Festival
Official Selection - Berkshire Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection - Cinetopia Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection - Calgary Int'l Film Festival ----

The visually pleasing drama is graced by a lovely score from Britpop eminence Damon Albarns Electric Wave Bureau outfit, and by fine performances, notably from a soulful Tim Roth and appealing young newcomer Eloise Laurence. --David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

BROKEN is a valuable showcase for an outstanding up-and-coming talent, and Laurence is an actor to watch! --Peter Bradwshaw, The Guardian

WINNER - Best Film, Best Supporting Actor --British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs)

Product Details

  • Actors: Tim Roth, Cillian Murphy, Rory Kinnear, Eloise Laurence, Robert Emms
  • Directors: Rufus Norris
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Film Movement
  • DVD Release Date: November 5, 2013
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BQNSJVC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,527 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By prisrob TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 1, 2014
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This film is a peak into the bi-polar reality of today's society. Filmed in the UK, we follow a young girl, Eloise Laurence, as she observes the life around her. She lives in a cul-de-sac of three families, all of them are Broken. One family across the street has a brain damaged son that the parents have no idea how to handle, next door a man whose wife died and left him with three young daughters, all self absorbed and start the lie that ends in tragedy. 'Skunk' as she is known, the 11 year old, lives with her father and brother. Her mother left home when she was small. They have an Au pair, a young attractive woman who lives with them. She is involved with a young man they all like, but that falls to pieces when, Martin, the young man becomes a commitment phobe.

One lie starts the process of violence, arrests, commitment to a mental institution and then great tragedy. Throughout this process, Skunk is trying to take it all, deal with a new school, a new friend and the lives of those around her falling apart. At times the film seemed too much. Too much for these three families, do they all have to go through life's turmoils and troubles, does no one get a break? The writing is superb, the acting top notch. Tom Roth plays Skunk's father, a therapist of sorts, it seems he needed to start with himself, his family, then the neighbors.

If this is a microcosmic of our society, we certainly need help. A good start is for parents and children to start with a trusting, loving relationship. This film can be pretty gruesome in parts, violent and emotionally difficult to take. Use some caution, we are all broken, and this film magnifies all of us.

Recommended. prisrob 03-01-14
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I am a big fan of the on-going Film Movement DVD library of foreign and indie movies. This is the January, 2013 release in the Film Movement DVD of the Month Club, and will be released to the public at large in the months to come.

"Broken" (2012 release from the UK; 91 min.) brings the story of an 11 yr. old diabetic girl nicknamed Skunk (played by Eloise Laurence), who lives on a cul-de-sac in a very much middle-class neighborhood in Britain. At the beginning of the movie Skunk sees Rick, a young man living across the street, getting violently beaten up by yet another neighbor, Mr. Oswald. We later learn that one of Oswald's daughters, in order to save face, told her dad that Rick raped her, following which Oswalt in a rage pummels Rick. We meet other charachters like Skunk's immediately family (her dad is played by Tom Roth), and also Mike, the teacher and boyfriend of Skunk's live-in au-pair. Given the plot-heavy nature of the movie, to tell you much more would flat-out ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see how it all plays out.

Several comments: this is a heavy psychological family drama, and at times very bleak (but never without hope). There are several devastating scenes in the movie that will rip your heart out, so viewer beware. Not having read the book that this movie is based on, it's impossible to compare the movie vs. the book, but if the book is anywhere near as good as this movie, it will make for an excellent read. Kudos to director Rufus Norris for piecing it all together into one fantastic viewing experience. But the greatest compliment must go to newcomer Eloise Lawrence, who brings a "lights out" performance as the 11 yr. old girl.
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I heard about this movie reading some reviewer's favorites from 2012. Of course I'd never heard of it, and figured I'd never see it. I got the chance to watch it on a flight from London to Chicago. Oh my goodness! This might just be the best movie I have ever seen! Everything rings so-true. Please see this movie. You will be thinking about it for a long time, and it may change you in ways you have not imagined. Important ways. Themes touched on are bullying, accusations-both true and not true, PTSD, redemption, fate, the "system", essential goodness, and love. Aren't these things that you see a movie for?
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In a broken and dysfunctional world lives a young girl whose innocence and child-like wonder are besieged on every side by violence, desire and a multitude of human frailties.

In a very strange way "Broken" reminds me of another sort of coming of age film wherein the central character is both a young girl and the witness to tragedy; i.e. "To Kill a Mockingbird". Both Skunk and Scout (looking quite alike in appearance now that I think about it) are self-reliant and optimistic, both are being raised by single fathers (also lawyers) aided by live-in housekeepers but Gregory Peck was a paragon of wisdom and virtue, typically having a positive effect on tough situations whereas Tim Roth is just struggling to hold onto sanity and his family's safety which is his primary motivation for trying to maintain some peace in his neighborhood. I suspect that director Rufus Norris in bringing a story about hope in the midst of despair to the Cannes Film Festival unwittingly created a disturbing glimpse into a society where adults find goodness only in the fragile hearts of children.

While Broken is both a well-acted and riveting drama, it descends maybe a bit too much into social degradation to be very inspiring and although it has some touching moments I can't say this is a film I'd care to watch a second time. :o)
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